Yes to Carrots
by Mollie Chen
I may be a couple days late to the celebration, but there's no reason why every day shouldn't be National Carrot Day. Besides the fact that they taste good with peanut butter, carrots are packed with vitamin A, antioxidants, and heart-healthy cartenoids. They're also the inspiration behind my latest beauty find, San Francisco's Yes to Carrots. The four-year-old company makes all-natural, effective products that are carried by Target and Walgreens, as well as drugstore.com. In addition to using 95 percent organic materials and fair trade ingredients sourced from Israel and Africa, the company has a nonprofit Seed Fund that helps finance community gardens. I'm addicted to its organic lip butters, which come in subtle flavors like carrot, melon, and my favorite, mint; they're like grown-up versions of those Bonnie Bell lip smackers I coveted in middle school. And at less than $4 a piece, I can afford to stash them in my coat pockets, desk drawers, and handbags. This April, the line will also launch "C Me Shine" lip gloss, which sounds like something for tweens but works wonders on flaky lips without the waxy ChapStick taste.